ICF Consulting Group, Inc. Head Start Early Childhood Specialist - Region VI in Topeka, Kansas
ICF seeks an experienced Early Childhood (EC), Specialist, to support the Region VI Office of Head Start Training and Technical Assistance contract. The Specialist will ensure high-quality Head Start and Early Head Start services in accordance with federal regulations. The Early Childhood Specialist will provide training and technical assistance (TTA) to programs to support progress toward established school readiness goals, focusing on the use of child and program data to make decisions about approaches to working with teachers, home visitors, and parents in quality practices. The Specialist will provide professional-level expertise by engaging programs in dialogue and learning best practices for children from birth to five and encourage a culture of learning that promotes school readiness.
This position is home-based in one of the Region VI states (Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico), travel will be required to fulfill the requirements of the position in any of the regional states, Washington DC and other locations as required.
Provide on-site, group, and virtual TTA to recipients related to school readiness, family engagement, and professional development
Provide TTA related to the selection and implementation of ongoing child assessment, curriculum, and teaching that is age, developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate across the birth to five spectrum
Assist recipients to improve teacher/child interactions as described by the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) for center-based preschool programs and other measures suitable for programs serving children from birth to five or children in home-based and family childcare settings
Assist recipients to develop the procedures and skills to aggregate, analyze, and use data obtained through multiple sources
Assist recipients to implement a research-based coaching model
Assist recipients to develop and implement family engagement practices that support family progress as described in the Parent Family and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework, including coaching of family engagement staff and selection and implementation of a parenting curriculum
Assist recipients to strengthen birth-to-five transition practices, including building relationships with local preschools, elementary schools, and other partners
Assist recipients to improve their collaboration with Local Education Agencies (LEAs), state agencies, and other partners
Coordinate TTA with Grantee, Family Engagement, Health, and System Specialists to ensure effective integration of TTA across service areas, as directed by the Regional Office
Maintain regular and timely communication with Regional Office staff on the delivery of TTA and progress toward corrective actions or quality improvement
Support emerging OHS initiatives and priorities
BA or BS Degree in Early Childhood Education/Development from an accredited university or college
If the highest degree was awarded more than ten years ago, the resume should specify courses, conferences, seminars attended, or work experience that ensures the proposed candidate remains current in the field of early childhood development
5+ years’ experience in programs for young children ranging from birth to five years in age. The experience should include the provision of technical assistance to teachers, home visitors, family childcare providers, coaches, and/or management team members
Must have experience working with infants and toddlers
Must have experience working with children with disabilities in Head Start programs
Must have a valid driver's license and successfully pass a Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) check.
Knowledge of Head Start performance standards and all applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
Experience working within a Head Start Program
Family engagement experience
Experience facilitating group discussions and presenting to a range of audiences
Experience analyzing data and assisting programs to make data-driven decisions
Experience providing training and/or technical assistance to programs in developing and/or implementing school readiness goals or plans
Experience communicating, both orally and in writing, to various audiences
Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) required
Experience using virtual platforms and technologies, i.e., Skype, Zoom, Adobe, Teams, etc.
Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities
Team player with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment
Ability to work with all levels of internal staff, as well as outside clients and vendors
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